Saving American Journalism: The Information Needs of a Democracy

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A conversation about serving the news and information needs of our nation 

Thursday, Feb 10 at 8pm ET | 5pm PT, PBS Books is pleased to host The New Era of Modern Journalism: a conversation with Evan Smith, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan media outlet, in conversation with journalist Errin Haines, Editor-At-Large of The 19th*.

Having recently announced his departure from The Texas Tribune, Evan Smith will discuss his background and career, the current state of journalism and its future.  

The conversation will touch on the importance journalism to our democratic system, the threat posed by misinformation and disinformation, the pressing need for diverse voices in coverage and in newsrooms, the danger of news deserts and sustainable business models, particularly for local journalism.  

 Smith’s work at the Tribune has offered an important template for others to follow to ensure that local communities, especially those that are historically under-represented, are heard.  Award-winning journalist Errin Haines is a trailblazer in her own right.  As one of the founders and the editor-at-large of The 19th (so named for the constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote), she reports on gender, race, politics, and policy. 

About Evan Smith 

Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website,, and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 23 national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. A native of New York, he’s a graduate of Hamilton College and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

About Errin Haines 

Errin Haines is the one of the founders and the editor-at-large of The 19th. An award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience, Errin was previously national writer on race for the Associated Press. She’s also worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. 

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